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Research Studies is a monthly compilation of research articles funded by AHRQ or authored by AHRQ researchers and recently published in journals or newsletters.
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Hernandez-Boussard T, Burns CS, Wang NE
The Affordable Care Act reduces emergency department use by young adults: evidence from three States.
The authors tested the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on how young adults used ED services. They found that the largest relative decreases were found in women and blacks. This relative decrease in ED use implies a total reduction of more than 60,000 visits from young adults across three states in 2011.
Citation: Hernandez-Boussard T, Burns CS, Wang NE . The Affordable Care Act reduces emergency department use by young adults: evidence from three States. Health Aff 2014 Sep;33(9):1648-54. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2014.0103.
Keywords: Emergency Department, Health Insurance, Policy, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP), Young Adults
Saloner B, Le Cook B
An ACA provision increased treatment for young adults with possible mental illnesses relative to comparison group.
The researchers examined the impact of the ACA dependent coverage provision on people ages 18-25 with possible mental health or substance use disorders. They found that after implementation of the ACA provision, among people ages 18-25 with possible mental health disorders, mental health treatment increased by 5.3 percentage points relative to a comparison group of similar people ages 26-35. For those using mental health treatment, uninsured visits declined by 12.4 percentage points, and visits paid by private insurance increased by 12.9 percentage points.
Citation: Saloner B, Le Cook B . An ACA provision increased treatment for young adults with possible mental illnesses relative to comparison group. Health Aff 2014 Aug;33(8):1425-34. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2014.0214.
Keywords: Access to Care, Health Insurance, Behavioral Health, Substance Abuse, Young Adults
Forehand RL, Williamson RS, Russo GS
College health as a partner in the care of pediatric cancer survivors.
The authors reviewed an initiative to educate providers on pediatric cancer survivor care and to establish a cancer survivor registry in a college health center. They concluded that, through education and optimization of health informatics, college health centers can identify and provide survivor care to this medically vulnerable population.
Citation: Forehand RL, Williamson RS, Russo GS . College health as a partner in the care of pediatric cancer survivors. J Am Coll Health 2014;62(7):506-10. doi: 10.1080/07448481.2014.917655.
Keywords: Cancer, Health Services Research (HSR), Young Adults, Education: Academic